BMW

BMW 2 SERIES DIESEL ACTIVE TOURER 220d xDrive Sport 5dr Step Auto

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.5s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2145 g/km

We don't expect to see a premium brand in the segment for compact seven-seat MPVs. Nor do we expect to see the option of 4WD. Both things are provided by the car on test here, BMW's improved 2 Series Gran Tourer 220d xDrive model. It's certainly a very pricey option in this segment but if you want the very best, it's a tempting alternative.

2 SERIES WITH THE X-FACTOR

BMW's improved 2 Series Gran Tourer offers seven seats and four wheel drive in top 220d xDrive guise. Jonathan Crouch can see the appeal.

Ten Second Review

We don't expect to see a premium brand in the segment for compact seven-seat MPVs. Nor do we expect to see the option of 4WD. Both things are provided by the car on test here, BMW's improved 2 Series Gran Tourer 220d xDrive model. It's certainly a very pricey option in this segment but if you want the very best, it's a tempting alternative.

Background

BMW's 2 Series Gran Tourer is a seven-seat compact MPV that offers a classier, more interesting alternative to a conventional Grand C-MAX or Grand Scenic-style People Carrier. This appealing spin on ordinary family motoring will probably attract a ready audience amongst people who maybe never thought they'd be buying from this Munich maker. They won't be getting 'the ultimate driving machine' because that's not what they need. Getting instead what may very well be 'the ultimate small people carrier' though, will suit them very well indeed. That's certainly what this top 220d xDrive diesel 4WD version could be. Now, it's been improved with smarter looks and better media connectivity.

Driving Experience

On the move, this 2 Series Gran Tourer model feels a little firmer and sportier than buyers of compact MPV models may be used to. It certainly offers a more rewarding experience if you like your driving and there's an optional electronic damping system if you want to be able to occasionally prioritise comfort instead. Like most BMWs, this one gets the brand's 'Drive Performance Control' system that enables you to tweak steering feel, throttle response and gearshift timings to suit the way you want to drive. Here, we're looking at the top 190bhp 220d xDrive 4WD derivative, which only comes with the brand's slick and efficient 8-speed auto gearbox. The xDrive set-up really comes into its own in the winter months, distributing as it can almost 100 per cent of power to either axle - or a mix between both front and rear. Either way, the car will be kept firmly planted through the tightest bends in the foulest weather. The extra xDrive traction aids performance too, the 0-62mph sprint time improving from the 8.2s showing you get in the 2WD 220d model to just 8.0s.

Design and Build

You'll be choosing this car because you want a BMW but you need a People Carrier. Those whose priorities lie that way round probably won't mind making a few practical compromises to buy into the Munich maker's model range but as it turns out here, very few are necessary. True, this seven-seat 2 Series Gran Tourer isn't sized to regularly accommodate seven adults, but then neither are any of its rivals in the seven-seat compact MPV class. Compare this car against Grand C-MAX and Grand Scenic-style models rather than bigger Galaxys and Sharans from the next segment up and practically, it stacks up pretty well. That's thanks to a 210mm increase in length and a 50mm increase in height over its already pretty spacious five-seat 2 Series Active Tourer stablemate. BMW has tried to liven up the look of this revised version a little with a larger front kidney grille, redesigned front fog lamps, smarter wheel designs and smarter twin tail pipes. Otherwise, it's as you were. At the wheel, you get a premium quality interior that we think will really sell this car. As for practicality, well out back you get an electrically-operated tailgate as standard (which is pretty rare in this class). Once the hatch rises, you get a decent 560-litre boot if you're not using the two rearmost seats. As for the back seat, well here there's decent space for three fully-sized adults - though they don't get three separate seats in the way that they would in some MPV rivals. For young ones, three universal childseats could clip in side by side. Adults meanwhile, will find that the seatbase is split 60:40 and that each segment slides forward and backwards over a 130mm range. This means you can either prioritise your legroom or space in the compartment behind you. Plus in the rearmost position, you get almost limousine-like standards of stretching space.

Market and Model

This seven-seat 2 Series Gran Tourer sells at a premium of around £3,000 over its five-seat Active Tourer stablemate. Which means that pricing here starts at around £27,000, though you'll be paying closer to £35,000 for this top 220d xDrive model - certainly an awful lot for a compact MPV. Still, this kind of money still represents a saving of nearly £3,000 over a comparable version of the Munich maker's much less spacious 3 Series Touring estate with exactly the same engine and AWD set-up. At least this car is very well equipped. Like all 2 Series Gran Tourer models, this one gets things like LED daytime running lights, front foglights, an automatic tailgate, Park Distance Control rear parking sensors, heated power mirrors and heated washer jets, roof rails, an alarm, a chrome-finished exhaust pipe, plus auto headlamps and wipers. Inside, the sliding rear bench and the 40:20:40 split-folding rear backrest is standard-fit. If safety's a priority, you'll want to look at the optional 'Driving Assistant Plus' package. This includes 'Active Cruise Control' and a 'Traffic Jam Assistant' that, in heavy traffic, is able to control the car's speed, steer automatically and keep it in its lane. Also available is Lane Departure Warning and the City Braking function, which applies the brakes automatically at speeds up to 37mph in response to an imminent collision with a car, motorcycle or pedestrian, for instance. The Parking Assistant takes care of manoeuvring into parking spots that are either parallel or perpendicular to the road, while its ultrasonic sensors also help to search for suitable spaces up to a speed of 22mph.

Cost of Ownership

With the 220d xDrive version of this 2 Series Gran Tourer, you get a seven seater that'll dip under eight seconds to 62mph quite comfortably, yet will return up to 57.6mpg on the combined cycle. True, it probably won't approach that number when you're seven-up, but the CO2 emissions of up to 129g/km is pretty good for an MPV with 190bhp on tap. Insurance is group 19E or 20E. The usual suite of BMW EfficientDynamics energy-saving features is responsible for making those vaguely implausible looking figures, including Auto Start Stop and ECO PRO. When in ECO PRO mode, the throttle response is adjusted to encourage a more economical driving style. The extra economy created in ECO PRO mode is fed back to the driver, with the in-car displays showing the additional number of miles achieved.

Summary

Ultimately, this car is all about the democratisation of premium quality. Why should you be denied a prestige badge just because you've a growing family and need seven seats? With a 2 Series Gran Tourer, you don't have to be. OK, it's probably not the BMW you ideally wanted back in your college years but today, it may well be the one you actually need. Certainly if compromises have to be made to suit changes in your life, then this car represents a remarkably pleasant way of making them, especially in this top 220d xDrive guise. Here, BMW has created an MPV you could want rather than one you might merely need. There's something to be said for that. Life happens - but there's no reason why you can't better enjoy the journey.

  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Rain sensor including auto headlights activation
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Rear window wiper integrated under roof spoiler
  • Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing

  • Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
  • Electrically operated hand brake
  • Braking lock
  • Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Braking readiness
  • Brake drying
  • Front ventilated disc brakes
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Hill start assist
  • Brake energy regeneration

  • Velour floor mats

  • Intervention on the front axle when DSC deactivated
  • Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode

  • Apple car play

  • BMW remote services
  • Park assist system with steering assist
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Active Guard incl speed limiting and lane departure functions with auto steering, and front collision warning with brake intervention
  • Speed limiter
  • Servotronic variable electric power steering (EPS)
  • Front/rear park distance control (PDC)

  • Automatic tailgate operation

  • Service interval indicator
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Real time traffic information
  • BMW Online services
  • On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption,service interval, clock date,odometer,trip meter,outside temperature display with acoustic ice warn
  • Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
  • Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable

  • Electrically adjustable door mirrors with aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side with integrated indicators

  • Contrast stitching on instrument panel

  • Incorrect fuelling protection
  • Diesel particulate filter

  • BMW professional radio/CD/MP3
  • DAB Digital radio
  • 2 USB sockets in rear

  • Model designation
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Rear bumper with high gloss black finish
  • Front air inlet with high gloss black finish
  • Lightweight engineering
  • Rear window aerial
  • Twin chrome exhaust tailpipes
  • Kidney grille with 10 extra wide high gloss black fronted vertical slats
  • Exclusive front door sill finishers with BMW designation
  • Body colour - front and rear bumpers, door handles, mirror caps, roof mouldings

  • Direction indicator side lights integrated exterior mirrors
  • Reversing light in rear light cluster
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • High level third brake light
  • Clear lenses direction indicator lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • LED front fog lights

  • Automatic two zone climate control air conditioning

  • 12V power socket in centre console + front with blanking plug
  • Three spoke sport leather steering wheel
  • Two cupholders
  • Steering wheel column manual adjustment
  • Conditioned based service
  • Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
  • Front and rear side armrest integrated into door trim
  • Central locking switches for door, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Luggage compartment access via BMW roundel
  • Rear centre armrest
  • Front armrest
  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel

  • Welcome lighting
  • Glovebox with light
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • LED ambient lighting in door trim
  • Interior lighting, front centre over interior mirror and rear centre automatic interior light activation when door is opened

  • Extended storage pack - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer
  • No smoker package

  • Side impact protection
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Twin horns
  • Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
  • Battery safety cut-off
  • Airbag - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection, manual deactivation of front passenger airbag possible
  • Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats, front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters, rear coded belt buckles
  • Child proof locking system in rear door

  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
  • Manual 40:20:40 split folding rear seat with of 60:40 sliding bench
  • Three rear headrests
  • Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment
  • Front head restraints

  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote control with integrated key with silver highlight
  • Thatcham 1 alarm system with remote control and engine immobiliser

  • Electronic differential lock
  • Sport automatic transmission

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket

  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres

  • Noise Level dB(A): 69
  • CO: 0.073
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.021
  • HC+NOx: 0.066
  • Particles: 0.0003
  • CO2 (g/km): 120
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 175
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 142
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 131
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 147
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 145
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 175
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 183
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 142
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 147
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 131
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 133
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 149
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 148
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 145

  • Engine Code: B47C20O1
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 84
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90
  • CC: 1995

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 54.3
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 67.3
  • EC Combined (mpg): 61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 49.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.7

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Sport
  • Coin Description: d xDrive
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 190
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 21E

  • Engine Power - BHP: 190
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.5
  • Top Speed: 138
  • Engine Power - KW: 140
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/55 R17
  • Wheel Style: DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 549
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 2038
  • Height: 1555
  • Length: 4354
  • Width: 1800
  • Wheelbase: 2670

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1545
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2105
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 51
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 468
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 560
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1510
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.3

  • Sun protection glass: £300

  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging: £0
  • Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface with bluetooth audio streaming: Included

  • Reversing assist camera: £0
  • Cruise control with brake function: Included
  • Active cruise control with stop and go: £0

  • Traffic jam assist: £0
  • BMW Navigation plus system: £0
  • Head up Display: £0

  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror: Included
  • Heated door mirrors: Included
  • Electrically heated folding and driver auto dimming exterior door mirrors with memory and anti-dazzle: £0

  • Brushed aluminium interior trim with pearl chrome finish: £170
  • High gloss black interior trim with pearl chrome finish: Included

  • 61 Litre fuel tank: £50
  • 51 Litre fuel tank: Included

  • 6 speakers: Included
  • Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system: £600

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Matt aluminium roof rails: £245
  • Car jack: £0
  • Bike rack preparation: £160
  • Metallic paint: £560
  • Black roof rails: £170
  • Panoramic opening glass sunroof: £945

  • LED Headlights: Included
  • High beam assistant: Included
  • Icon Adaptive LED headlights: £0

  • Dakota leather upholstery with perforation and contrast stitching: £1,150
  • Nivala cloth/Sensatec leather upholstery: Included
  • Luggage compartment separating net: £105
  • Heated steering wheel: £160

  • Extended lights package - 2 Series Active Tourer: £0
  • BMW Navigation pack - 2 Series: Included
  • Driving assistant plus pack - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer: £1,150
  • Comfort pack II - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer: £1,000
  • Comfort pack I - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer Sport/Luxury/M Sport: £850
  • Technology pack I - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer: £900
  • Technology pack II - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer: £1,250

  • Metallic - Sparkling Brown: £560
  • Metallic - Sunset orange: £560
  • Metallic - Cashmere silver: £560
  • Metallic - Mineral white: £560
  • Metallic - Glacier Silver: £560
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £560
  • Metallic - Mediterranean blue: £560
  • Metallic - Mineral grey: £560

  • Solid - Jet black: £0
  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • Electric front seat adjustment - drivers with memory: £0
  • Driver and front passenger heated seats: £0
  • Standard seat for driver and passenger with manual adjustment: Included
  • Electrically adjustable lumbar support for driver and front passenger: £195
  • Sliding rear seat bench: £260

  • Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button: Included
  • Comfort access system with smart opener: £0

  • Detachable towbar: £600

  • Dakota leather - Mocha Brown with chestnut stitching: £1,150
  • Dakota leather - Black with grey stitching: £1,150
  • Dakota leather - Oyster with grey stitching: £1,150

  • Nivala cloth/Sensatec leather - Anthracite with grey highlight: £0
  • Nivala cloth/Sensatec leather - Anthracite with orange highlight: £0

  • Driver + passenger vanity mirrors: Included

  • 18" Burnished star spoke alloy wheels finished in orbit grey - style 512: £545
  • 17" Burnished double spoke alloy wheels finished in orbit grey - style 549: Included
  • 17" Multi-spoke alloy wheels finished in reflex silver - style 546: £0

  • BMW mobility tyre sealing system: Included
  • Space saver spare wheel: £75

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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